Giving Up The Shrooms

Giving Up The Shrooms

It rained in South Texas last weekend for the first time in eons.

I was visiting my parents’ house and stepped out onto their back patio the morning after one of the storms. Overnight a virtual Smurf village of mushrooms had popped up all over the backyard. It was incredible. How do those suckers grow so fast?

I went over and tapped one with my foot. The little mushroom snapped in half and fell over. Oops.

I was talking to my dad later that day about how the mission he founded has grown into a huge organization. They don’t advertise and they don’t recruit, but they have over 200 missionaries all over the world. But it didn’t happen overnight. The mission has been around for 15+ years.

In passing I commented, “Strong things sure grow slowly.”

He smiled and said, “Unlike those mushrooms in the backyard.”

The Summit Life guys are focusing on wisdom this month. On how to live with skill in this life. I think one of the greatest pieces of wisdom you can ever hold on to is the truth that life is won in the trenches. It’s the day to day stuff that slowly builds you into who you need to be.

There are no overnight success stories. Sure, TV producers can take some bimbo girl and make her a celebrity overnight. But I wouldn’t call people like that a success – they are just famous. I get discouraged when I see what looks like an overnight success story. But I have to remember there is simply no such thing.

If you want to see success look at the oak tree, not the mushroom. Oak trees take a long time to get big, but you aren’t gonna kick those boys down with your little toe.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3